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Old 11-25-2012, 05:14 PM   #1 
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Best HOB filter for a 5.5 gallon single betta tank?

What filter (brand, model, etc...) do you think would be the best HOB filter for a 5.5 gallon tank with just a single betta and why? Thanks!
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:17 PM   #2 
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I recommend Aquaclears. I have the Aquaclear 30, it's amazing! For your case, it's the Aquaclear 10. These filters have 3 medias. Sponge, carbon, and biomax. More room for BB!
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:53 PM   #3 
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^^ cool! Anyone else have opinions on this?
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:17 PM   #4 
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I love my AquaClear 30. So I recommend them also!
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:52 PM   #5 
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I have an Aquaclear 20 on my 5.5 gallon. I also have Aquaclear 30 and 50 on other tanks. They are really quiet once they "settle in." (seems to take a day or so)

I have had a problem with restarting one Aquaclear 20 (that was on my ten gallon and now replaced with an AC30). However, I still use them and like them. I'm going to see about getting that one replaced or repaired under warranty.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:54 PM   #6 
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There is no such thing as an Aquaclear 10 lol. An AC20 is great for most smaller tanks, I loved my AC30. You would just need to dial the floa down and maybe baffle it depending on your betta.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:14 PM   #7 
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Im surprised that a filter for a 20 gallon is so highly recommended! Im not surprised though lol. What about the Azoo 150 or 60 filters?
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:31 PM   #8 
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Oh.. Lol. Looks like I found the power head version. Hehe ^^"
I heard good reviews on Azoo Palms.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:20 PM   #9 
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I have a 5.5 gal for a single betta, using an AquaClear 20 and I fully endorse it. Yeah i 've heard Azoo's are good as well, but I have no experience with them.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:22 AM   #10 
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I have Aqueon 10 and Tetra 10i filters. For both, I don't use the cartridges. Instead I stuff them with aquaclear foam and for the Aqueon, I add some more foam to the outflow. The bacterial live mostly in the filter and in this cause - the foam. If you use the cartridges and throw them out every month- you toss out the bacteria you want. This is why alot of people like the aquaclear filters - you don't replace all the filter media at once nlike you do with a traditional filter cartridge.

I won an aquaclear 70 on ebay for $10 BUT iwould of had to empty out 2 large tanks in order to move the shelf out a few inches to fit the filter. I put it in my sisters goldfish tank.

I like the tetra in tank filters because they go inside the tank. Some of my tanks are only 1-2 inches from the wall and a HOB won't fit

Hpwever in my 5 gallon, I took my sisters Aquaculture or whatever walmart sells since I gave her the other filter. The current was too strong so I stuffed the aquaclear foam at the outflow which works nicely but the stupid thing is loud. Out of the 3 filters I have in my bedroom - THAT is the only one I hear.

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